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									FEDERAL LABORATORY CONSORTIUM
   FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER




     STRATEGIC PLAN
        FOR 2006




 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
           950 North Kings Highway, Suite 208
                  Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
                 856-667-7727 (phone)
                   856-667-8009 (fax)
                  www.federallabs.org
                                       FOREWORD

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) regularly reviews and
updates its Strategic Plan, the purpose of which is to enhance the FLC’s role as the nation’s
leader in technology transfer. The FLC Strategic Plan for 2006, which was approved by the
Executive Board in August 2005, will help the FLC accomplish this by ensuring that the
Consortium provides the highest level of services to its members, as well as effective outreach to
and coordination with all of its customers, including federal agencies and laboratories, industry,
academia, state and local governments, and other nongovernmental technology transfer
organizations.

In conjunction with the FLC Strategic Plan for 2006, the FLC, as part of an ongoing effort to
improve its ability to meet the needs of its customers, developed a detailed “Execution Plan for
the FLC Strategic Plan” that details how the goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan
will be implemented. This focused approach will help the Consortium ensure that technology
transfer remains a vital force in helping the U.S. economy maintain its leadership in the 21st
century global economic environment.

The FLC Strategic Plan for 2006, and the “Execution Plan for the FLC Strategic Plan,” were
developed by the Planning and Policy Committee and approved for implementation by the
Executive Board in January 2006.


Susan A. Sprake
Planning and Policy Committee Chair

June 2006




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OVERVIEW
This document presents the Strategic Plan for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for
Technology Transfer (FLC). It sets forth the FLC’s vision, mission, goals and objectives. It
includes an attached “Execution Plan for the FLC Strategic Plan,” which details the action
program, including specific activities, schedules, and responsible individuals, through which the
FLC will implement its Strategic Plan.

VISION
The FLC, a nationwide network of more than 700 federal laboratories representing 17
departments and agencies, will be the nationally recognized leader for technology transfer. The
FLC will provide the highest quality services and products to its membership so as to:

•   Educate and train federal technology transfer professionals.
•   Link technologies with laboratory missions and the marketplace.
•   Enable federal laboratories to facilitate the transfer of federally funded technology to
    nonfederal sectors, such as U.S. business and state and local governments.
•   Facilitate the effective and efficient application of federal research and development (R&D)
    resources to federal agency missions.
•   Facilitate the use of incoming technology to help meet federal agency missions.
•   Provide opportunities for its member laboratories to collaborate with the private and public
    sectors.

MISSION
The FLC was formally chartered in 1986 by the Federal Technology Transfer Act (P.L. 99-502)
to help implement the nation’s national technology transfer policy. In accordance with its
legislative mandate, which is codified in 15 United States Code (USC) 3710, the FLC will
facilitate federal technology transfer by providing the forum for education, training, and
laboratory networking to enhance professional development and to encourage excellence in
federal technology transfer in order to assist federal agencies, laboratories, and their partners in
the private sector to accomplish the rapid integration of R&D resources into the mainstream of
the U.S. economy.

The FLC activities authorized by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and codified in
15 USC 3710(e) are:

•   Develop and administer technology transfer techniques, training courses, and materials to
    increase the awareness of federal laboratory employees regarding the commercial potential of
    laboratory technology and innovations.
•   Provide advice and assistance to federal agencies and laboratories for use in their technology
    transfer programs.




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•   Provide a clearinghouse for requests for technical assistance from state and local
    governments, business, industrial development organizations, and not-for-profit
    organizations, including universities, federal agencies and laboratories, and other persons.
•   Facilitate communication and coordination between Offices of Technology Applications
    (ORTAs) at federal laboratories.
•   Utilize the expertise and services of the National Science Foundation, the Department of
    Commerce, NASA, and other federal agencies as necessary.
•   Facilitate the use of appropriate technology transfer mechanisms.
•   Assist laboratories with establishing programs using technical volunteers to provide technical
    assistance to local communities.
•   Facilitate communication and cooperation between federal laboratory ORTAs and regional,
    state, and local technology transfer organizations.
•   Assist colleges and universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, state and local
    governments, and regional organizations with establishing programs to stimulate research
    and to encourage technology transfer in such areas as:
        Technology program development
        Curriculum design
        Long-term research planning
        Personnel needs projections
        Productivity assessments.
•   Seek advice in each FLC region from representatives of state and local governments, large
    and small businesses, universities, and other appropriate persons on the effectiveness of the
    technology transfer program.
•   Work with the Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to
    compile a compendium of current and projected federal laboratory technologies and projects
    with an impact on assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To realize its vision and accomplish its mission, the FLC has developed strategic goals and
objectives designed to provide the necessary environment, organization, and technology transfer
mechanisms to facilitate the fullest possible use of federally sponsored R&D by potential users in
the public and private sectors. The FLC’s goals and objectives, which are fully detailed in the
“Execution Plan for the FLC Strategic Plan,” are summarized and described as follows:

•   Strategic Goal 1—Develop FLC Members to Be Leaders in Technology Transfer

       Strategic Objective 1-1—Provide and promote networking opportunities between FLC
       members and external organizations through national and regional meetings, partnering
       with other technology transfer organizations, and utilizing innovative networking tools.
       Strategic Objective 1-2—Provide technology transfer education and training
       opportunities for FLC members by implementing national and regional education and
       training events, developing onsite and Internet-based technology transfer courses,
       providing technology transfer resource materials, developing a professional development
       curriculum, and developing and maintaining databases of education and training
       resources and technology transfer procedures.


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       Strategic Objective 1-3—Promote a national and regional FLC technology transfer
       awards program recognizing outstanding technology transfer accomplishments by
       individuals and member laboratories/agencies.
       Strategic Objective 1-4—Provide a membership and communications program that
       optimizes awareness of the FLC and technology transfer by providing resources and
       services to enable members and partners to learn about the FLC, technology transfer, and
       member capabilities; enhancing new member outreach efforts; and developing a
       technology transfer speakers bureau.

•   Strategic Goal 2—Foster the Environment for Technology Transfer

       Strategic Objective 2-1—Enhance access to federal technologies and facilities through
       participation in trade shows, publication of success stories, links to FLC contacts and
       resources, and promotion of laboratory events.
       Strategic Objective 2-2—Maintain a comprehensive system of communications through
       a publications program for members, potential members and partners, including industry;
       annual reports to Congress on the FLC’s technology transfer activities; a proactive
       outreach program to the communications media regarding technology transfer efforts and
       events; and enhancement of electronic communications activities, including the FLC
       website.
       Strategic Objective 2-3—Assist state and local governments, regional organizations, and
       academia to encourage technology transfer by coordinating with the economic
       development offices within each state; enhancing regional development activities within
       the FLC; and promoting state and local government initiatives at the regional level.
       Strategic     Objective     2-4—Identify       potential   alliances     by     enhancing
       coordination/cooperation with professional organizations and trade unions and enhancing
       the FLC’s efforts to develop national technology initiatives in partnership with external
       organizations.

•   Strategic Goal 3—Enhance the Professional Organization Structure of the FLC

       Strategic Objective 3-1—Increase FLC membership and participation through a formal
       membership committee structure, enhancing recordkeeping, increasing member
       involvement in the voting process, and increasing member participation in national and
       regional meetings.
       Strategic Objective 3-2—Plan for leadership development by establishing criteria for
       leadership positions and developing an FLC Leadership Training Plan.
       Strategic Objective 3-3—Improve organizational structure by investigating engaging a
       full-time professional executive director and examining the benefits of reorganizing the
       Executive Board.
       Strategic Objective 3-4—Improve the FLC’s management process and communication
       by integrating strategic, operational, and financial planning activities; establishing an
       official calendar of regular, ongoing events, venues, and themes; and improving
       communication with the FLC’s constituency, including Congress, Agency
       Representatives, and laboratory directors.




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EXECUTION PLAN FOR THE FLC STRATEGIC PLAN

In order to implement the Strategic Plan, the FLC developed an operational plan entitled the
“Execution Plan for the FLC Strategic Plan,” which provides a detailed, coordinated approach to
the tasks required to implement the goals and objectives described in the Strategic Plan. The
Execution Plan identifies each strategic goal and objective described in the Strategic Plan and the
FLC executive responsible for its accomplishment; describes the actions (“action statement”)
required to implement the objective and identifies the responsible action leader; and spells out
the detailed tasks (“execution action”), including start, due, and completion dates, required to
accomplish the action statement.




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